“While you can take up yoga at any age and see a benefit, the earlier you start—and the more consistently you practice it over the years—the greater the effects,” says Dr. Timothy McCall, a doctor of internal medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area and the author of Yoga As Medicine.
What we don't use we can lose. One of the key ways that yoga promotes long term youthfulness is the fact that it works the entire body, keeping it in good condition. During youth, it’s easy to take the vitality and flexibility of the body and systems for granted, but if they aren’t maintained they will eventually fall into some form of disrepair.
It’s not so much about the intensity ofyoga practice; regularity of practice is a more important consideration. Caring for the body by using it on a daily basis through yoga is an easy way to maintain optimal functionality of the mind and body. Yoga was designed holistically with the entire body in mind.
Yoga’s effects are more than purely physical, setting it apart from other fitness routines. In order to properly perform the poses you need to become aware the breath and internal "sense" of how the body feels. While some other physical exercises may encourage people to hunker down and ‘work through the pain’ by essentially ignoring their body’s signals, yoga is quite the opposite. The state of the body is observed, accepted and honored during each and every yoga session. As a result, no two workouts are the same since yogis automatically adjust the pose to the needs of the moment. This makes yoga the perfect practice to carry with you throughout your entire life. The body will never reach a point of burnout from yoga practice if one is being mindful of the body.